President Bush named William Farish of Texas as his nominee for Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s in March 2001. The Senate confirmed his appointment in July 2001.
Ambassador Farish is former President of W.S. Farish and Company, a trust management company in Houston. He is also former Chairman of the Board of Churchill Downs Incorporated. He is the founder and owner of Lane’s End Farm, a 2,000-acre commercial thoroughbred breeding facility in Versailles, Kentucky.
He began his career as a stockbroker at Underwood, Neuhaus and Company in Houston. He later became President of Navarro Exploration Company and was a founding director of Eurus, Inc., a New York bank holding company, and of Capital National Bank in Houston. He is a past organizing member of the National Urban League-Houston chapter, and Chairman of the Houston Parks Board. He is also former Chairman of the Efram McDowell Cancer Foundation. He is a member of BritishAmerican Business Inc’s and the British-American Business Council’s International Advisory Board.
Prior to becoming Ambassador, he served on the boards of Houston Natural Gas, Pogo Productions, Galveston-Houston Corporation, Post Oak Bank, Zapata Off-Shore Oil, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and Transylvania University.